Everest Base Camp Trek
- Duration 15 days
- Vacation Style Trekking
- Activity Level Hard
- Group Size Min-Max
Experience the complete blend of culture with beautiful landscapes leading to spectacular scenery in the shade of the Everest with Everest base camp trek!
Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. It is the most sought-after trekking destination in the world as it is the gateway to the highest peak in the world – Mount Everest. The base camp flaunts a magnificent up-close view of Mount Everest. In addition, it also opens up to the splendid views of other peaks such as Mt.Lhotse, Choyu, Makalu and many more.
This 16-day trek starts from the classic starting point of every trek in Everest region, Lukla. The trek itself is very diverse with varying landscapes of lush green meadows, dense forests to close up views of pristine mastiffs. Passing through Sherpa villages, the difficulty of the trek depends upon the number of days and the route.
Everest Base Camp is amazing once in a lifetime adventure which rewards every trekker with an exciting and thrilling journey by flaunting the wide areas of stunning landscapes, ethnic settlements, years old Buddhist monasteries at Monjo, Namche, Tengboche and Pangboche and ultimately an array of towering peaks including AmaDablam, Kang Tega, Nuptse, Thamserku, KusumKangaro, Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, Island Peak, Makalu and breathtaking Everest itself.
One must be physically fit in order to complete the trek to Everest base camp. The trail route elevates up to 5,364 m, risks of altitude sickness is very high in case the length of the trek is inadequate without ample time for acclimatization. People with respiratory problems must consult their doctor before heading out on this trek while others on trek must remain adequately hydrated.
If you are eager to admire the majestic beauty of Everest without having to conquer the Everest itself then, Everest base camp trek is just the trek for you.
Experience the complete blend of the thrilling trail with unique culture leading to spectacular scenery in the shade of the Everest with Everest base camp trek!
- Everest Base Camp is in the lap of the world highest mountain Mount Everest (also known as "Sagarmatha" in Nepal, "Chomolungma" in Tibet and "Deodungha" in Darjeeling).
- Everest Base Camp is at the altitude of 5364m above the sea level.
- Until 1856, no one recognized Everest as the highest mountain in the world.
- Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953 using the route from Jiri to Namche Bazaar for the expedition.
- Everest Base Camp is inside the Sagarmatha National Park which is enlisted in World Heritage Site (UNESCO).
- Appa Sherpa of Nepal is the one to hold the record of reaching the summit of Mount Everest the most at 21 times as of May 11, 2011.
- Best season for this trip is March to May and September to November.
Why this trip
Everest Base Camp is amazing once in a lifetime type of trip that surely rewards each of its trekkers with the adventurous and thrilling journey that includes the wide areas of stunning landscapes, ethnic settlements, years old Buddhist monasteries at Monjo, Namche, Tengboche and Pangboche and ultimately to the midst of towering peaks including AmaDablam, Kang Tega, Nuptse, Thamserku, KusumKangaro, Pumori, Lhotse, Lobuche, Island Peak, Makalu and breathtaking Everest itself.
- Day 1 ARRIVAL
At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting to carry your name. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle;
Overnight in Kathmandu;
- Day 2 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
Today, after breakfast, our Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city sheltering breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhists cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country is also the home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Throughout the day, we will observe most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
Overnight stay at the hotel;
- Day 3 LUKLA/PHAKDING (2656M)
Early in the morning, we drive to Tribhuvan International airport (in a private car) for a flight to Lukla. After 30-35 minutes on the plane, we reach Tenzing Hillary airport/ Lukla airport. Lukla is a starting point to almost all treks in the Everest region. The ultimate Everest base camp trek begins with a hike up through the beautiful town of Lukla to the Pasang Lhamu Memorial Gate. From the gate, the trail leads us out of Lukla and drops down to the village of Phakding, traversing the community forest and small Sherpa villages like Thalsharoa, Chheplung, Thado Koshi Gaon, and Chhuthawa.
Savour the beauty of well-decorated chortens, prayer rocks, prayer flags and prayer wheels on our way alongside the mesmerizing view of Kusum Kangru and the Dudh Koshi River. It takes about 4 hours to a walk downhill to reach Phakding. Check-in at the teahouse. In the remaining time, either rest or explore the nearby monasteries.
Overnight stay in a teahouse at Phakding;
- Day 4 TREK TO NAMCHE (3450M)
After breakfast in Phakding, we continue our Everest base camp trek. We leave Phakding behind crossing the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Our trail continues north, through the forest of pine, up and downhill past a few suspension bridges and small settlements: Toktok, Bengkar, Chhamuwa to Monjo.
At Monjo, your guide will take care of the necessary formalities, before entering the Sagarmatha National Park. From the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park, we continue on a trail which steeply drops down to the bridge across the Dudh Koshi River. Crossing the bridge, and following the lower riverbank trail, we climb into the forest over gravel and boulders and continue to Larja Bridge, past Larja Dobhan.
After the Larja Bridge, we enjoy the first view of Mt. Everest and hike up the steep hill through the pine forest on a rocky trail to Mislung. The forest ends and the trail levels out from Mislung and the plain trail leads us to Namche. After checking into the teahouse, the remaining time can either be spent resting or exploring the town of Namche.
Overnight stay at Namche;
- Day 5 ACCLIMATIZATION
Today is the first stop for acclimatization at Namche. In order to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), further up the trail, a day stop at Namche for acclimatization is essential. Staying active further accelerates the process of acclimatization rather than simply resting. Therefore, we will go for an acclimatization hike – a full-day circuit through Khunde, Khumjung and back to Namche.
For acclimatization hike, we advance towards KhundeTsamkhang (a Buddhist temple), built above the village of Khunde. Upon reaching Hillary Memorial viewpoint, we get to admire the 360-degree views of Khunde, Namche, Ama Dablam, and Pachermo Peak. After exploring Khunde, we continue east through the potato fields to the largest village in the Khumbu region- Khumjung. Next, we will also explore around the Hillary School (a school established by Sir Edmund Hillary), the longest Mani wall in the Khumbu region, and Khumjung monastery which treasures a skull of a Yeti.
Overnight stay at Namche;
- Day 6 TREK TO TENCGBOCHE (3870M)
After breakfast, we begin our trek to Tengboche through an easy trail to Phunki Thanga. Walking uphill towards Tengboche village, home to the largest monastery in the Everest region, we enter the Sagarmatha National Park. The monastery is located within the Sagarmatha National park. Enjoying panoramic views of the highest mountains on the earth including Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, and Nuptse, we reach Tengboche. If we reach there early, we will most probably be able to witness a religious Buddhist ceremony.
Overnight stay in Tengboche;
- Day 7 TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4410M)
After breakfast, we begin our day’s trek walking downhill passing through lush forests full of birch, conifers and rhododendron trees. Accompanied by breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, the trail descends down to Debuche, past the Imja River the trail takes us to Pangboche.
Walking the upper Pangboche trails, enjoying pristine views of the Himalayas and Pangboche monastery, we move towards the Imja Valley. Passing the Lobuche River and climbing up to Dingboche, we reach the beautiful windy village adorned by chortens and prayer flags.
Overnight stay at Dingboche;
- Day 8 ACCLIMATIZATION
This marks our second stop for acclimatization. Dingboche is a very popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and ImjaTse/ Island Peak. Walking around the beautiful village with stone walls protecting fields and crops like barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from cold wind and grazing, we spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take a day hike to Nagarjun Hill where we can observe great views of Mt. Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache, Ama Dablam and others.
Overnight at Dingboche;
- Day 9 TREK TO LOBUCHE (4940 M)
The trail will become more and more challenging as we reach higher altitudes. We ascend the steep terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier which goes through boulder-strewn slopes leading us up to Chupki Lhara. Chupki Lhara is a ridge that provides spectacular views. After climbing the moraine on the far side through Khumbu glacier the trail leads us to Lobuche.
Overnight at Lobuche;
- Day 10 TREK TO GORAKSHEP (5170 M/EVEREST BASE CAMP (5364 M)
Moving along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu glacier, we leave icy cold Lobuche and head towards Gorak Shep. On the way, we come across the magnificent view of the crest of the north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mahalangur, Lingtern, Khumbutse, Nuptse and other mountains. After almost two hours of walking, we reach Gorak Shep and rest for lunch before heading to Everest base camp. We pass through rocky dunes, streams, and moraines and reach the base camp to the highest mountain in the world; Everest. From here, we can observe the stunning view of Nuptse, Khumbutse, and Pumori mountains. We trek back to Gorak Shep.
Overnight at Gorak Shep;
- Day 11 KALA PATTHAR (5545M)/PHERICHE (4288M)
Early in the morning, we start our trek to Kala Patthar to catch the breathtaking view of sunrise on Mount Everest. After several hours of ascent, we reach the top of Kalapatthar from where we get to admire the glorious sunrise over Mount Everest up close. On the way back, the day’s first light shines over pristine peaks such as Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Taboche, Cholatse, and Lobuche. From Kala Patthar, we head back to Gorak Shep for breakfast. After breakfast, we head down the rocky route to Pheriche.
Overnight at Pheriche;
- Day 12 TREK TO NAMCHE
At first, we trek down the descending trail to Tengboche. Walking downhill retracing our way back through Sagarmatha National Park accompanied by the stunning views of the glorious mountains we reach Namche.
Overnight at Namche;
- Day 13 TREK TO LUKLA
After our breakfast, we retrace our way back through the Dudh Koshi to Phakding. Following the track, we reach Lukla scaling different Sherpa villages crossing a suspension bridge above Thado Koshi. This will be our last night in the mountains until next time.
Overnight stay at teahouse in Lukla;
- Day 14 BUFFER DAY
It is a buffer day as the flights from Lukla to Kathmandu are sometimes canceled due to weather conditions. So, to avoid the impact of cancelled flights on your departure plans a day is reserved as buffer day.
- Day 15 KATHMANDU
After about 35 minutes of flight, we reach Kathmandu and you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day is to spend as per your wish. It’s up to you to decide if you wish to rest or sightsee around Kathmandu city may be stroll around the city buying souvenirs or spend a relaxing day at massage.
Overnight at Kathmandu;
- Day 16 DEPARTURE
Depending on the flight time, we will arrange your transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 11 Night(s)
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